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LLE10050 : Howto create a symbolic link for a directory or a file

Symptom:

You need to create a symbolic link to a directory or a file

Cause:

none

Solution:

Working with symbolic links is very usefull under linux. Lots of people have problems using them. To create a symbolic link on a directory you use the following command:

ln -s TheDirectory TheLink

Here you will create a symbolic link with the name "TheLink" to a directory called "TheDirectory". Please note that the symbolic link should not be there before!

To create a symbolic link for a file you use:

ln -s TheFile TheLink

Which is exactly the same. When the link is there before, you can use the option -f (=force) to create the link anyway.

Please note that a symbolic link is not the same as a hard link! 


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